England end Germany jinx after 55 years

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England have defeated Germany 2-0 in the last 16 of the European Championship to end 55 years of agony against their old foes.

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling scored in the 75th and captain Harry Kane finally found the net as in the 86th in front of 45,000 ecstatic fans at Wembley with "Football's Coming Home" echoing around the iconic arena after the final whistle.

It was England's first win over Germany at a major tournament since they beat them 4-2 in the 1966 World Cup final at old Wembley.

Subsequent defeats included the Wembley penalty shoot-out loss at Euro 1996, with England's current manager Gareth Southgate missing from the spot.

"It means everything to beat them," England defender Harry Maguire said.

"They are an excellent team with great players. We wanted to be brave on and off the ball wanted to be aggressive."

England, who are yet to concede at the Euros, now leave Wembley for the first time to play at quarter-final on Saturday in Rome against Ukraine, and would return to London for the rest of the tournament if they win.

"It is an immense challenge from here on. The players know that. Their feet are on the ground," Southgate said.

"We came here with an intention and haven't achieved that yet."

Germany go home after another modest tournament with just one victory, after a group stage exit at the 2018 World Cup.

Joachim Loew's era thus ended in disappointment after 15 years on the job highlighted by the 2014 World Cup title, with his former assistant and ex-Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick taking over.

Loew rued missed major chances from Timo Werner and Thomas Mueller, saying that at this level "every mistake and not taken chance is punished".

After a goalless first half of few chances for either side, Kai Havertz's stunning volley in the 48th was just tipped over the bar by Jordan Pickford.

Wembley finally erupted in the 75th when Sterling tapped in off Luke Shaw's low cross from the left in fluid move which also involved substitute Jack Grealish and Kane.

Sterling almost turned to villain six minutes later when he passed to Havertz who sent Mueller on his way but the recalled Bayern Munich forward aimed wide right with only Pickford to beat.

But it was all over for Germany and Loew when Kane headed home off Grealish.

"We had a huge chance today to get past a strong team. We failed to take it and are massively disappointed," Germany captain Manuel Neuer said.

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